Brett wants ultimate challenge
PUBLISHED: 16:09 14 February 2011
Romford MMA star prepares for next fight
Brett Sizeland has a clear goal — he wants to compete in the UFC.
Romford MMA’s Sizeland, 29, is preparing for his fourth professional bout under the Cage Warriors banner at the Kentish Forum on February 26.
And he hopes to be able to follow in the footsteps of some of the production’s most famous alumni.
He said: “Cage Warriors as a brand is getting big in the UK and Europe. It’s the biggest show in Europe and is so well produced and so well put together.
“It’s the English version of the UFC basically and is an amazing event with world-class athletes. I’m really proud to be involved and feel very lucky.
“The likes of Dan Hardy, Michael Bisping and Paul Daly all started on Cage Warriors and have gone on to UFC and that has to be the big plan.”
Sizeland competed at judo to a national level and also did some kick-boxing before moving into the fast-expanding world of mixed martial arts.
And he believes the sport will only get bigger in the coming years.
“It was a natural progression for me. I almost fell into it, but fell in love with it and have been doing it ever since,” he added.
“It’s got massive since I’ve been involved [in 2007]. There has been a huge influx of people doing it. When I first started training I had to go right into London, there was nothing local.
“Romford MMA is the biggest locally, has got a huge gym and three sites. It’s got great coaches, great facilities and having that so close to home is amazing.
“The rise of the UFC means people are starting to understand the sport more and are coming away from the cage fighting mentality.
“MMA is a sport. We’re dedicated athletes and there’s real skill involved. We’re intelligent, we train and work hard and live like any professional athlete.”
Sizeland won his first three professional middleweight fights with first-round stoppages and is confident of adding another win against Tony Machado.
He said: “I try to hurt my opponent early – we don’t get paid overtime! My strengths are grappling and getting control on the floor, but I’ve shifted more towards striking recently.
“Tony Machado is a tough fighter from a good camp. The London Shoot Fighters are probably the biggest team in the UK at the moment, but I’m confident of a win. I’m hoping the fight will put me and Romford MMA on the map more.”
A strength and conditioning coach by trade, working out of the Concept Fitness UK gym in Epping, Sizeland also teaches at the Romford MMA Clinic when he is not training.
“I train every day apart from Sunday, but then if I’ve missed a session in the week I will catch up.
“I always train hard and will be in top condition. I eat healthily and have got great coaches in Paul Hines, Adam Edwards and Mike Russell at Romford MMA. I walk around at about 90-92kg, but will cut down for the weigh-in, then try and get back up again for the fight.”
Almost as important as attaining physical fitness, Sizeland feels it is vital fighters give off the right vibe outside of the cage, adding: “I’m a big fan of Randy Couture and George St Pierre. They’re professional and also humble people. They don’t talk up fights too much, they just go in there and do it.
“I don’t prescribe to being a tough guy out of the cage. I’m not a trouble maker. I want to be respectful and let my cage performance do the talking.
“We want to let people know we’re approachable in MMA. It’s a pretty extreme sport but it’s a fledgling sport still. We’re not as big as boxing yet.
“Talking up fights can be good to sell tickets and get the crowd motivated, but I think it can be a hindrance to the sport and I think every fighter has a responsibility to represent the sport well.
“It’s good to get some of the more casual fans on board and understanding it. It’s a great night out and the closest you’ll get to a UFC event.”
Tickets for Cage Warriors 40 are available online at http://cagewarriors.com/tickets.php